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On Display: Current Temporary Exhibitions at Tulsa-Area Museums

Image from Philbrook's Making Modern America Exhibition

Looking to add a little culture to your day? Check out what's new at some of Tulsa's best museums! 

ahha Tulsa

Location: 101 E. Archer St.
Hours: Wednesday-Saturday, 12-9 p.m.; Sunday, 12-7 p.m.; Closed Monday and Tuesday
Admission, non-members: Adults: $10.95; Youth (3-17): $6.95; Two and under: Free

Temporary Exhibitions: 

Mitochroma: "In this site-specific installation unique to the ahha Tulsa Hardesty Center, Krista Jo Mustain of PRINT PARTY and Sarah Sullivan of SULLYSTRING will transform the interior of THE GALLERY into a celebration of electric color, playful pattern, and organic forms. Together, their murals and sculpture will resonate with viewers seeking an exuberant experience with the very elements of art and design." Continue reading. Open through May 26, 2019. 

STILLNESS/MOVEMENT: CONTEMPORARY WORKS FROM THE KOREAN CULTURAL CENTER: (Opening June 7) "Stillness/Movement presents established and emerging Korean American painters, video, and installation artists. The exhibition will investigate the ways in which artists draw from cultural precedent to innovate forms, communicate new ideas, and explore intersecting identities. Through hands-on learning elements and audience-friendly interpretation, visitors to Stillness/Movement will leave the exhibition with an appreciation for Korean American contemporary art." Continue reading. (Open June 7-July 21, 2019)

Into the Land of Spectres: (Opening August 2) "Into the Land of Spectres is a series of large-scale drawings exploring specters and shrouds. The series grew from sustained viewing of seasonally tended shrubs and bushes within the New England landscape where I live. As branches and leaves peek out from the weathered nets and cold-frames, my drawings pose the following questions: Is nature escaping from or being protected by humans? Are these coverings protecting or constraining fragile life? Can these looming spectral forms be seen as metaphors for human nurture and care?..."—Shona Macdonald, February 2019 Continue Reading. (Open August 2-September 22, 2019)

TOGETHER/APART: THE LADY MINIMALISTS TEA SOCIETY: (Opening August 2) Get information here. (Open August 2-September 22, 2019) 

Discovery Lab

Location: 560 N. Maybelle Ave.
Hours: Mon.-Sat., 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sun., 11:30 a.m.-5 p.m.
Admission, Non-Members: Ages 2 and Up: $6; Ages younger than 2: Free

Temporary Exhibits: 

AnimationLand: "Animationland is the newest exhibit located in Discovery Lab’s Main Hall. Animationland encourages visitors to explore all aspects of animation from start to finish. Visitors not only get to see how it works they get to create their own stop-motion videos and be involved in them." Read more here

Building Buddies: "An interactive village and construction zone that invites families to play, explore and improve a neighborhood is now open in Featured Hall.

Building Buddies is a bright, interactive exhibit that features a variety of experiences to help the characters, or “buddies,” fix up their houses. The creative construction site features hands-on stations that encourage children to construct, build, paint with light, decorate, tile and more."


Location: 1400 N. Gilcrease Museum Rd.
Hours: 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Tuesday-Sunday; Closed Mondays
Admission, Non-Members: Adults: $8; Seniors (62+): $6; Active duty members of the U.S. Military: $6; College students with valid i.d.: $5; Children 18 and younger: Free

Temporary Exhibitions: 

Exploring the Big Trail: "The exhibition showcases stereoscopic photographs taken during the filming of the 1930 motion picture The Big Trail, starring John Wayne. Many, if not all, of these photographs are unique images never exhibited before. Exploring The Big Trail promises to provide valuable insights into the production of the film, an understanding of how the American West has been presented to audiences around the world and the role Westerns played in shaping the mythology of the West." Read more here. Open through May 26, 2019. 

Pulitzer Prize Photographs: "Pulitzer Prize Photographs, from the Newseum in Washington D.C., brings history to life with the most comprehensive collection of Pulitzer Prize-winning photographs ever assembled, with images of every prize-winning entry dating back to 1942, when the award was first presented. In addition to the 80 photographs, visitors can use interactive touch screens to access more than 1,000 additional images and 15 hours of video and audio compiled from interviews with the prize-winning photographers." Read more here. Open through July 14, 2019. 

Bob Dylan: Face Value and Beyond: "Bob Dylan: Face Value and Beyond is the culmination of efforts by Gilcrease Museum in partnership with The Bob Dylan Centerâ„  to create a temporary home for the center’s collection until its opening in the Tulsa Arts District in 2021. This exhibition offers an array of fresh avenues to explore the many facets of Bob Dylan’s artistry, featuring the first regional showing of Dylan’s renowned Face Value portrait series from the Jenny Norton and Bob Ramsey collection, as well as drawings, filmed performances, writings, personal effects and ephemera exclusive to the archive." Continue reading. Open through September 15, 2019.

Philbrook Downtown

Location: 116 E. M.B. Brady St. 
Hours: Wed.-Sun., 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Fridays, 11 a.m.-9 p.m.; Closed Mondays and Tuesdays
Admission: General Admission: $7; Seniors and Groups of 10+: $5

Temporary Exhibitions:

Joel Daniel Phillips: It Felt Like The Future Was Now: "Joel Daniel Phillips chooses images charged with history. The labor both physical and emotional needed to create his graphite drawings is part of what draws the viewer into the work. Phillips creates a tension between pure beauty and uncomfortable truths. 

For the Philbrook Downtown exhibition...Phillips expands upon a body of work exploring the burgeoning oil industry in Oklahoma and Southern California in the 1950s. Tinged with nostalgia, the works have an ominous tone and reveal a past rarely considered." Read more at philbrook.org. Open through May 19, 2019. 

Richard Barlow: The Sea of Ice, Receding: "Acclaimed artist Richard Barlow creates monumental, temporary, and site-specific drawings of the natural world with chalk on blackboard paint. His drawings are erased at the end of each show." Read more at philbrook.org. Open through May 19, 2019. 

Peggy Weil: 88 Cores: "In Peggy Weil's video 88 Cores (From -1 Meter to -3051 Meters), the viewer experiences a descent into the Arctic ice sheet and back through time to when the layers of snow first fell, a time span of 110,000 years. The gasses and debris traped in the ice tell scientists about the atmospheric conditions in Earth's past." Read more at philbrook.org. Open through May 19, 2019. 

Larry Clark: Tulsa: (Opening June 1, 2019) "World-renowned photographer/filmmaker Larry Clark was born and raised in Tulsa. From 1963-1971, he photographed the daily lives of his friends. He captured unforgettable images of sex, violence and drug use alongside intimate moments of solitary contemplation. These images were collected in Clark's legendary and controversial 1971 book, Tulsa." Read more at philbrook.org. Open through Nov. 10, 2019. 

OK: Jason Lee Photographs: (Opening June 1, 2019) "This exhibition will present a new body of work based on Lee's Oklahoma exploration." Learn more at philbrook.org. Open through Nov. 10, 2019. 

Philbrook Museum of Art

Location: 2727 S. Rockford Rd. 
Hours: Wed.-Sun., 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; Fridays, 9 a.m.-9 p.m.; Closed Mondays and Tuesdays 
Admission: Children 17 and under, Active Duty Military, College Students attending NSU, ORU, OSU-Okmulgee, OSU-Tulsa, OU-Tulsa, RSU, TCC, TU: Free; General Admission: $9; Senior Citizens (62+), College Students (with valid i.d.), Groups of 10+: $7

Temporary Exhibitions: 

Making Modern America: "Consider the paradox of progress. Does the end, or outcome, justify the means? Philbrook Museum of Art presents Making Modern America. This exhibition examins this paradox of progress through the lens of American industry." Continue reading at philbrook.org. Open through May 26, 2019. 

Wondrous Worlds: Art & Islam Through Time and Place: (Opening June 23, 2019) "Wondrous Worlds: Art & Islam through Time & Place, the most extensive exhibition of Islamic art to be shown in Oklahoma, represents over 1200 years of rich artistic creation, illustrating the great geographic expanse of the Islamic world." Continue reading. (Open June 23-October 6, 2019)

Sharon Louden: "Multimedia artist Sharon Louden creates site-specific installations fostering interaction between the art, the space, and the viewer. Her work, which she describes as 'drawing in space,' consists of warped, crumpled, highly polished aluminum suspended in space." Continue reading at philbrook.org. Rotunda installation, on display through Jan. 5, 2020. 

Sherwin Miller Museum of Jewish Art

Location: 2021 E. 71st St. 
Hours: Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Saturday, 12-5 p.m.; Sunday, 1-5 p.m.
Admission: Adults: $6.50; Seniors (55+): $5.50; Students: $3.50; Children 12 and under, Teachers, Military and First Responders (with i.d.): Free

Temporary Exhibitions: 

Prairie Landsmen: The Jews of Oklahoma: "This exhibition consists of photographs taken in 1996 of Jewish people and places in Oklahoma, photographs that tell the story of the State’s Jewish community. The artist, acclaimed American photographer David Halpern, concentrated on capturing the Jewish presence, in some cases the remains of a Jewish presence, in smalltown Oklahoma." Learn more here. Open through Dec. 2019. 

Tulsa Air and Space Museum & Planetarium

Location: 3624 N. 74th E. Ave. 
Hours: Monday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Admission: Various options, including Museum-only admission and Museum + Planetarium admission. Find the best option for you here

Temporary Exhibits: 

Find a list of TASM exhibits and activities here

Woody Guthrie Center

Location: 102 E. M.B. Brady St.
Hours: Tuesday-Sunday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Closed Mondays
Admission: Adult: $12; Seniors (55+): $11; Military (up to 4 persons): $10; College Student (with i.d.): $8; Youth (17 and under): Free

Temporary Exhibitions: 


The exhibit, presented by the GRAMMY Museum® in conjunction with the John Lee Hooker Estate and Craft Recordings, highlights Hooker’s influential body of work, who influenced generations of musicians and expanded the scope of American music." Continue reading. Open through August 4, 2019.

Farther Afield

National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum

Temporary Exhibitions: 

Prix de West: "The National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum proudly presents the 47th annual Prix de West Invitational Art Exhibition & Sale featuring more than 300 paintings and sculpture by the finest contemporary Western artists in the nation with art seminars, cocktail receptions and awards. The exhibiting artists bring a diversity of styles to this significant art exhibition and sale. Works range from historical pieces that reflect the early days of the West, to more contemporary and impressionistic works of art." Continue reading. Open June 7-August 11, 2019.

Layered Stories--America's Canyonlands: Open June 15-October 20, 2019. Learn more.

Oklahoma City Museum of Art

Temporary Exhibitions:

Ansel Adams and the Photographers of the West (through May 26, 2019): See a stunning collection of photography by Ansel Adams and 12 other artists. Details here

From the Golden Age to the Moving Image: The Changing Face of the Permanent Collection (through Dec. 31, 2020): See recent acquisitions, including Kehinde Wiley's 2018 portrait, "Jacob de Graeff," in the newly re-opened 2nd-floor galleries. Learn more here

Van Gogh, Monet, Degas (Coming June 22; Tickets on sale April 3): "Featuring more than seventy works by French and European masters such as Degas, Manet, Monet, Rousseau and Van Gogh, this exhibition celebrates Mr. and Mrs. Paul Mellon’sextraordinary gift of nineteenth and early twentieth-century French art to the VMFA [Virginia Museum of Fine Arts." Continue Reading.

Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art

Temporary Exhibitions:

David Leventhal: Barbie & Baseball: "American photographer David Levinthal has been photographing small toys and collectibles in lifelike portrayals for the past five decades. InDavid Levinthal: Barbie and Baseball, a free, focus exhibition at Crystal Bridges, large photographs of immaculately styled Barbie dolls and plastic baseball figurines are posed in a way that makes them look real. These photographs, recently gifted to Crystal Bridges, will be on display for the first time. Experience nostalgia seen through the lens of American contemporary photography with David Levinthal: Barbie and Baseball.

Sponsored by The Gilman and Gonzalez-Falla Arts Foundation." Learn more. (Open through August 2019)

Tempera: "Tempera painting (also known as egg tempera) has a rich history as a medium of choice for artists from ancient times to today, and is even an older form of painting than oil. In Tempera, learn the process, materials, and unique qualities that artists use to create art with this painting style. This free, focus exhibition will feature tempera paintings from Andy Warhol, Paul Cadmus, Andrew Wyeth, Mary Obering, Jane Irish, and more, including a Renaissance-era painting on loan from the Philbrook Museum of Art in Tulsa, OK. Discover the ways in which tempera painting has shaped and influenced the art world in Tempera." Learn more. (Open through October 14, 2019) 

Nature's Nation: American Art and Environment: (Opening May 25, 2019) "Nature’s Nation: American Art and Environment is a new exhibition that examines American artists’ impact on shaping environmental understanding and stewardship.

Featuring 100 artworks from 70 eminent US collections, Nature’s Nation traces 300 years of evolving ideas about the natural world and our place within it. From colonial beliefs about the divine in nature, to artists' advocacy for national parks, to the emergence of environmental activism, the paintings, photographs, and installations by Thomas Moran, Frank Lloyd Wright, Dorothea Lange, and many more explore our relationship with the environment." Continue reading. Open May 25-September 9, 2019

Color Field: "Take a whimsical romp through the North Forest this summer and experience Color Field, a new, outdoor exhibition featuring large, colorful sculptures against the lush backdrop of Crystal Bridges’ Ozark forest." Continue reading. Open June 1-September 30, 2019

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